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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:14

FAITH FOR THE UNEXPLAINABLE

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Sometimes we go through things not so much for us but for the sake of someone else.

Your yesterday may be someone else’s today. God may be preparing you to meet their today out of your experiences of yesterday.

That doesn’t mean you won’t wonder why such things are happening to you at the time.

 

 

There is no such thing as waste in God’s economy. He knows exactly what He is doing. 

Faith is the belief that God is real and that He is a good God. Faith is the belief that God will do what is right.

 

 

We walk by faith and not by sight or explanation. God says….”you will go nowhere tomorrow that I haven’t already been”

The more hopeless your circumstances and the greater your cares, the greater the opportunity for me to manifest and fulfill my promises to you.

 

Life’s mishaps and tragedies are not a reason to bail out. They are simply a reason to lean on Me, rely and depend on Me.

When you cannot track me, trust me!

 

 

Isaiah 45:2 I WILL GO BEFORE THEE, AND MAKE THE CROOKED PLACES STRAIGHT:

I WILL BREAK IN PIECES THE GATES OF BRASS, AND CUT IN SUNDER THE BARS OF IRON:

God is our divine leader, He offers a way with obstacles removed. Remember He has already lived our tomorrows,

He has already fought our battles and won.

 

 

Prayer reminds us of who is in charge. You don’t take your request to someone with less authority.

You take them to someone who out ranks you in the solutions department.

 

This is so true in prayer. You don’t pray just to let God know what’s going on.

He’s way ahead of you on that one. You pray to transfer “my will be done” to “God’s will be done” and since He’s in charge,

He knows the best solution. Prayer transfers the burden to God and He lightens your load.

Note: Prayer pushes through life’s slumps, propels us over the humps, and pulls us out of the dumps.

Remember.. TODAY IS THE TOMORROW YOU WORRIED ABOUT YESTERDAY… AND ALL IS WELL!  So pray today!

 

Saturday, 09 September 2017 11:01

IT'S A SEASON, DON'T WASTE IT

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                                                IT’S A SEASON

                                              DON’T WASTE IT

Somehow the word ‘SEASON’ sometimes seems to us that it is a world without end!

But, it doesn’t snow all year, neither does it rain all year.

 

Farmers don’t plow all year long, farmers don’t plant all year long, farmers don’t harvest all year long.

Farmers understand that ‘different’ things happen in different Seasons.

We commonly hear and use phrases like: Spring season, Summer season, Fall season and Winter season.

We live by them. We dress accordingly. We adapt to them. We understand that this Season will soon change.

It’s just a Season. We may wish that Summer would last longer, or that Spring season would never end.

But all Seasons come to an end.

 

Seasons come and Seasons go. Seasons are even shown in animals. Horses, dogs, and cows,

to name a few, grow a ‘Winter’ coat. They adapt for the Season.  Isn’t it strange that we humans struggle with adaptation?

Caterpillars look lowly and without beauty or distinction, but don’t let that fool you. It’s just a Season.

Soon that Season of their life will pass and they will become a Beautiful Butterfly that turns every child’s head and causes them to marvel.

 

We understand that the Seasons of our Natural Environment that are controlled by the moon. Psalm 104:19

He appointed the moon for Seasons.  We must have an understanding also, that the Seasons in our Spiritual Life are controlled by the SON.

May it bring comfort to those in pain, (not just physical pain) but pain that comes from a crushed spirit or broken heart,

may you understand that this Season is not permanent, only temporary.  This may be a Hurting Season for you,

but allow me to share with you one of my most favorite scriptures Psalm 30:5 in part it says…

WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING!

This weeping season will pass, and you will be compensated with Joy.

It is said of the Apostle Paul…2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord Stood With Me, and Strengthened Me; 

2 Timothy 4: 18 And the Lord Shall Deliver Me from every evil work, and WILL PRESERVE ME unto His heavenly kingdom…

 

Don’t fail to make the best of your season!

 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 11:16

The Sanctuary of God

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                                       THE SANCTUARY OF GOD

Psalm 73: 2-3 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

Vs. 3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Vs. 12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

Vs. 13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

Vs. 14 For all the day long I have been plagued, and chastened every morning.

Note verse 16 and 17…When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

Vs. 17.. Until I went into the SANCTUARY of GOD; then understood I their end.

 

Sanctuary defined: a sacred place, a Holy spot…place of refuge or protection

Example we have wild life sanctuaries…Bird sanctuarie, a place where animals and birds feed, rest,

and breed without being disturbed. For you and I a vacation can be a sanctuary or even a hospital stay

can be a place of rest and care. Jesus Himself went away to the mountains to rest from the crowd.

 

Pain, perplexity and problems are universal experiences. In both the righteous and wicked.

The experience of pain is a troubling and agonizing experience, and we often ask why?

   The Bible gives no easy answers. However; one of the most helpful things about the Bible,

one of the things that makes the reading of it so relevant to the problems of life as we face them,

is that we find reflected in its pages the experiences of our own lives today.

   David said I was about to lose it, I almost fell on my face, It didn’t seem fair. I have been plagued

and chastened every morning. When I thought on my situation and took account of my circumstances

it was too painful, too unbearable for me. My problems, pain and pressure put my back against the wall.

I was overwhelmed UNTIL I WENT INTO THE SANCTUARY OF GOD.

 

Psalm 77:13 The WAY of God is in he SANCTUARY: Who is so great a God as our God.

When your feet slip, steps falter you find your bearings and His WAY in the SANCTUARY.

 

Psalm 96:6 ….strength and beauty are in His SANCTUARY.

 

Psalm 134 2 Lift up your hands in the SANCTUARY

The most important thing you can do is to get your eyes off people, cease from comparing yourself with others,

quit using their prosperity as the yard stick to measure yourself by. Understanding , refuge, protection, comfort

and last but not least UNDERSTANDING will be found in the SANCTUARY OF GOD.

 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:10

Grace, More Than We Deserve

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                                 GRACE MORE THAN WE DESERVE…

                                       GREATER THAN WE IMAGINE

Grace…G0D’S SUFFICIENCY MEETING MAN’S INSUFFIENCY,

GOD REACHING FURTHER DOWN THAN WE CAN REACH UP!

 

   Note the abundance of God’s Grace…plunge a sponge into the Mighty Mississippi River.

Did you absorb every drop? Take a deep breath, did you suck all the oxygen out of the atmosphere?

God has enough grace to solve every dilemma you face, wipe every tear you cry and answer every

question you ask.

The Gift of Grace is never predicated upon your goodness or worthiness.

That is why it is called unmerited favor,

totally undeserved…that’s why it is Amazing Grace!

There is no message in the word of God that can heal you, inspire you, encourage you

and bring you unspeakable joy like the message of God’s Amazing Grace.

Grace can move Mts. Of guilt and shame and calm the troubled sea of your soul.

Grace can transform your days in the desert into a fountain of living water.

Grace can bring you through the fire, without the smell of smoke upon you.

It is indeed the sufficiency of God that can meet your insufficiency

that can set you free from the tyranny of the past.

God’s Grace is still Amazing oh how sweet the sound.

 

Thursday, 09 March 2017 09:24

The God Who Sees

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PROVERBS 15:3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place….

I read this story…One night a family was having dinner when a fire broke out in their home.

As they rushed outside the father noticed that the youngest girl was not with them. He looked up and saw his daughter standing at the second story window.

The father ran to a place just under the window where his daughter was standing. As the fire grew, he called out for her to jump and that he would catch her.

Through the billowing dark smoke she cried…I can’t jump because I can’t see you, to which her father replied, IT’S OK THAT YOU CAN’T SEE ME… BECAUSE I CAN SEE YOU!

You may be feeling the pressure and heat of your problems. You may not see the hand of God through the billowing smoke of your situation.

You may not be able to see your God…what matters is: HE CAN SEE YOU.

The eyes of the Lord are in every place….Proverbs 15:3

Deuteronomy 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous… Genesis 6: 8 Noah found grace in the EYES of the LORD. Remember…it’s ok that you can’t see Him, Because He can and does see you!

Monday, 23 January 2017 17:45

Purpose The Master of Motivation

Proverbs 20:5 The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of

understanding draws them out.

 

The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life without a reason. It is dangerous to

be alive and not know why you were given life.

 

From the beginning of man’s history as we know it, mankind has been grappling

with the age old questions: Why am I here? What is the reason for my existence?

What is the meaning of my life? These questions are universal. They lurk deep with-

in the secret chambers of every human being on earth; regardless of their race,

color, ethnic heritage, status or nationality. The deepest craving of the human spirit

is to find a sense of significance and relevance. The search for relevance in life is the

ultimate pursuit of man. There must be intent and inspiration, you must have a

dream, desire and determination!

 

PURPOSE IS THE MASTER OF MOTIVATION and THE MOTHER OF

COMMITMENT. It is the source of ENTHUSIASM and the WOMB OF

PERSEVERANCE. PURPOSE gives birth to Hope and instills the Passion to Act.

We must not become out of touch with values that God deems important! This

world has become an incubator of stress, depression, hopelessness and fear. It is

important for us to realize until Purpose is discovered, existence has no meaning.

All things begin and end with Purpose! Purpose precedes production. Purpose is the

why that explains the reason for existence! Without Purpose there is no reason for

living, no goals, dreams or aspirations thus you become a wandering generality. Ask

yourself the question what is my purpose in life and then set a goal and seek to

accomplish it.

 

God’s people have always been a people of definite purpose….God’s church was

not an afterthought of God. God is a world God and before time itself He chose to

reach a world not yet created; through the agency of the Church. Ephesians 1:4

God’s purpose is to seek and to save the lost, and we have been given what it takes

to accomplish His will. He has provided us with His Power, Presence and Purpose.

Purpose will always motivate you to ministry. You want to know how to serve God?

You serve God by serving people.

Friday, 14 October 2016 16:02

What to Do with Worries

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“What to Do with Worries?”

            Worry often seems to be a hobby or favorite past time for many people. Statistics tell us that 85% of what people worry about never happens. For sure, worry, never solved any problems, only creates others. We have heard someone say, “I have worried myself sick over this problem.” Sickness was all they got from their worries. The problem was still there, perhaps even worse.

            Dr. Luke, in Chapter 12 of his gospel, records for us the words of Jesus concerning worry.   The Lord Jesus points out the foolishness of worry by giving the birds of the air as an example. Jesus said, “Think of the ravens, they do not plant nor reap. They do not have store houses for food but yet God feeds them and you are more valuable than the birds of the air.” In essence, Jesus was saying: Trust God for all life’s needs. He will care for you!

            The sweet Psalmist of Israel, David, gives some great lessons of life that will help us with worries. He wrote Psalm 37 when he was an older man. He said, “I have been young and now I am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread.” David trusted the Lord God to care for him and his need.

            David reminds the reader not to fret over people that you cannot change nor over problems that you can do nothing about. Instead he said, “Trust in the Lord and do good.” [Psalm 37:3] Now that is great advice! Trust in the Lord. After all, the Lord is the only one that can meet every need of life.

            Not only are we to trust Him, but the Psalmist tells us to, “Delight thyself in the Lord.”   That is, we are to rejoice in the Lord in all of life. Rejoicing is better than complaining or worrying.

            Instead of worrying about those things we really can do nothing about rest in the Lord. He is the perfect resting place.

            It is God Who solves problems, not our worrying. Trust Him, wait upon Him!

That is what to do with worries!!

           

Bro. David Moree

Friday, 09 September 2016 20:56

FLEXING YOUR SPIRITUAL MUSCLES

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Jesus says in John 12:32 32 “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself."
We know this was a statement made by the Lord Jesus speaking of His impending death on the cross. Which would make possible the drawing of all men to Himself. For man found himself in a horrific position of being separated from God because of sin. In Jesus being lifted up on the cross in death for the sins of the world He became the bridge for man to be no longer separated from God but to be restored back to a place of eternal relationship for all who would accept Him into their lives as Lord and Savior. “If I am Lifted Up”
I believe that to be the setting of this verse, but I believe this statement has a far reaching meaning to all who have a personal relationship with Him. Found in this verse is a profound deep meaning of Lifting Jesus Up by all who know Him personally. When we as believers lift up Jesus to a lost, dying, and sin sick world they are drawn to Him. So they can be forgiven, and restored back to the God the Father. So how do you and I lift up Jesus?
#1. In Word- in the study of the word of God, how can we live for or tell others about this Jesus who saves lost sinners from the penalty, the power and the presence of sin, if we ourselves are not in the word of God. We must lift up Jesus in our personal lives so we can help others lift Him up in their lives.
#2. In Worship- When we attend a worship service what is our purpose for gathering together. So make it a social time, some make it a time to sooth their conscious, some come because they have been coming for years and it is just what they do. But listen when we come to a place to worship, wherever that may be our purpose is to lift up Jesus.
#3. In Witness- When we have been in the word and we have worshiped then we are ready to lift up Jesus in witness- we are to tell the world that Jesus Christ is the answer to all of eternity. Most people think the only person who has to witness to the world are those who are in ministry. We have been given the commission and the power to tell the world that Jesus saves. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)
Question: Are you lifting Jesus Up?
Hal Hatten
Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church

Friday, 09 September 2016 20:54

TROUBLES

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We live in a trouble-filled world. We all have them, that is; troubles. They come in all shapes and sizes. Troubles seem, at times, to come from all directions, sometimes even from family members. Dr. Lamoynde Sharpe, in his commentary on the book of Psalm, said of troubles, “Troubles and sorrows seem to come in bunches and often multiple quickly.”
Like so many of us, the Psalmist David was well acquainted with troubles and often sorrow. In Psalm 3:1, David said, “Lord, how are they increased that trouble me? Many are they that raise up against me.” Speaking of troubles; that was written in reference to his own son, Absalom. Yes, all of us will have our share of troubles.
The question is, “How do we handle our troubles?”
Run from them? But, they always catch up with us.
Try and ignore them? But, then as Dr. Phil would say, “How is that working for you?”
Some people try to cover their trouble by turning to “’The devil’s camouflage: drugs, alcohol, pills, or other distractions.
The Lord God of Heaven and earth is the one and only remedy from troubles of life. The sure Word of God gives great assurance to all who will turn to Him. The Psalmist tells is in Psalm 9:9-10, “The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in time of troubles. And they that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.”
Again, the Psalmist reminds all of us who are troubled, to turn to the Lord in Psalm 46:1 by these words: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
So, turn to Him dear friend. He is our Present Help, through His Son Jesus Christ, Who died for us and to save us. Trust Him today!
HE will keep us safe and bring us through the troubles.

Bro. David Moree

Friday, 09 September 2016 20:53

WHAT TO DO WITH WORRIES?

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Worry often seems to be a hobby or favorite past time for many people. Statistics tell us that 85% of what people worry about never happens. For sure, worry, never solved any problems, only creates others. We have heard someone say, “I have worried myself sick over this problem.” Sickness was all they got from their worries. The problem was still there, perhaps even worse.
Dr. Luke, in Chapter 12 of his gospel, records for us the words of Jesus concerning worry. The Lord Jesus points out the foolishness of worry by giving the birds of the air as an example. Jesus said, “Think of the ravens, they do not plant nor reap. They do not have store houses for food but yet God feeds them and you are more valuable than the birds of the air.” In essence, Jesus was saying: Trust God for all life’s needs. He will care for you!
The sweet Psalmist of Israel, David, gives some great lessons of life that will help us with worries. He wrote Psalm 37 when he was an older man. He said, “I have been young and now I am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread.” David trusted the Lord God to care for him and his need.
David reminds the reader not to fret over people that you cannot change nor over problems that you can do nothing about. Instead he said, “Trust in the Lord and do good.” [Psalm 37:3] Now that is great advice! Trust in the Lord. After all, the Lord is the only one that can meet every need of life.
Not only are we to trust Him, but the Psalmist tells us to, “Delight thyself in the Lord.” That is, we are to rejoice in the Lord in all of life. Rejoicing is better than complaining or worrying.
Instead of worrying about those things we really can do nothing about rest in the Lord. He is the perfect resting place.
It is God Who solves problems, not our worrying. Trust Him, wait upon Him!
That is what to do with worries!!

Bro. David Moree

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